Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
These three items seem to be very important to our lives at the moment. Seems like we are always waiting for one or another of them to ring. The silver one on the lower left is one of a set that belongs to the neighbors (Nathan and family). This one resides at our house so we can page back and forth between houses when needs arise. At the moment I am placing it near me when I go to sleep...just in case baby Dorrell decides to make a night entrance. The one at the top is our land-line phone and it rings whenever and fairly frequently. The one on the bottom right is our cell phone. We have only recently caught up with the rest of the world with this technology...still not used to it! But I must admit that it does come in handy and definitely has its place in our lives now...well, at least mine...not sure that Woody knows how to answer it! Well, I take that back, I do know that he answered it once. It doesn't ring very much...mainly family and once in a while a doctor or nurse.
Well, a few hours ago our land-line phone rang and it was Dr. Sosman's research nurse. She had appointments set up for Woody to get all sorts of tests run prior to him starting the double blind drug study. He will have those all done Wednesday afternoon and probably on into the evening! She said that she "hoped" that we would be away by 6:30 Wed. evening...we'll see...not going to hold my breath! So the ball is really rolling now, as the drug study has to start within 14 days of the lab work, scans, etc.
While I typed this blog, the pager phone (and the land-line when I didn't answer the pager) went off...Kathy had spotted a deer in our backyard...but due to wrong lens, memory stick not in the camera but in the computer to transfer a picture for this blog, etc. the opportunity got away this time. I think that this deer and others are regular visitors now so I'm pretty sure that another opportunity will arise.
I think that Woody has had a pretty good day. And, what a beautiful day it has been here in Middle TN! He went to work, walked at lunch, and came home to relax. He decided to make his banana oat bran muffin recipe and he hadn't made them in so long that he had to get the recipe out. He unloaded the dishwasher and washed the dishes by hand that he had used to make the muffins...even wiped off the kitchen counter. No TV signal this evening for us, so he has spent the rest of the evening reading.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Hayden is checking out the birds in his backyard. Hayden belongs to our almost 16-year-old granddaughter, Erin. When we were at Melany's earlier in the week, he was very obliging to pose for my camera. He might "star" in another blog on down the road.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Vanderbilt called (recording) tonight to confirm next Tues. appt. with pain management...but Woody doesn't plan to go for that appt. unless he has the appts. for his preliminary tests for his drug study. We haven't heard yet whether that will happen or not on Tues. So I guess I will put in a call tomorrow to the research nurse, as I want to know whether to cancel the pain management appt. or not!
Woody's pain is better due to taking pain medication around the clock since Tuesday evening. He takes the stronger medication when he is at home and takes ibuprofen when at work. He said that he slept pretty well last night. As usual, he went to work, walked at lunch, and came home to relax in his recliner. He helped me clean up the kitchen after supper and took two short walks this evening.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
...sort of like this dragonfly art in Melany's backyard. I feel like I've been going in circles lately...hard to get anything done. Today has been very busy for me and the day started all too early...my alarm went off at 6am...the time I had set it to go off yesterday to wake me up to get ready to head off to Vanderbilt. Well...I didn't need to get up at 6 this morning! I went grocery shopping in the morning and then worked in our church library most of the afternoon. A minute ago while the picture was loading I about dozed off in front of the computer...guess you could say that I'm tired.
Woody went to work, walked at lunch, came home and made Peasant Salad. He says that his pain is a bit better today, but says he isn't comfortable taking pain medication round the clock as it might mask something else. So I don't know what he will do about that! It's up to him. But, I think, that at the moment he is trying to follow the nurses instructions.
We didn't hear anything from Vanderbilt today so still don't know if he will have preliminary tests done next Tuesday or not.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
After our visit with Dr. Holt, we trouped over to the Cancer Center to meet with Dr. Sosman's research nurse specialist who is getting things set up for the drug study Woody will be taking part in. She met with us in the waiting room and explained the drug study to us and then left us with the papers to read and then for Woody to sign if he was going to get on board with the study. She also talked to him about pain management with his pain pills. He's going to try taking the pain medication as she suggested and then if that doesn't work then he will go talk to someone in pain management at Vandy. She is also giving the information about the Cancer Clinic here in Tullahoma to Dr. Sosman's nurse so Zometa treatments can get restarted.
Woody, of course, signed the consent form and it looks like the ball is going to start rolling. At the moment the nurse is trying to get Woody in for the preliminary tests (lab work and scans) that have to be done no more than 14 days before the study begins. These tests may happen as soon as next week. The drug/s are oral so will be able to be taken at home...except for the initial dose. Woody will have to go to Vandy to take the first dose...have lab work done first, then take the medicine, then wait around for several hours to see how the med is affecting him, then more lab work (I think). He will have to go to Vanderbilt weekly for tests after he gets started in the drug study cycle. Anyway...the study for Woody may be starting in about three weeks. There's lots to read and we haven't absorbed it all yet!
Some interesting things we learned: there are 300 people taking part in this drug study all over the country. Ten of those will be at Vanderbilt. Two have already started the study at Vanderbilt. It is a randomized study (like flipping a coin). All will take one chemo drug; then 1/3 will also take 20mg twice-a-day of the study drug; 1/3 will also take 40mg twice-a-day of the study drug; and 1/3 will also take a placebo twice-a-day. So he has a 2/3 chance of taking the drug that they are studying. But it is still a win/win situation as the drug that everyone takes has been shown to be effective in fighting metastatic melanoma.
Ok, I think that is enough for tonight about all this. I will summarize more of it when I absorb more of what we were told today. Besides killing two birds with one stone at Vanderbilt, we also stopped and ate lunch out on our way back to Murfreesboro, then stopped at Melany's and Woody, Melany, Erin & Alex all played Scrabble while I rested and took pictures in Melany's gardens. Then Woody drove us home from Murfreesboro. So it has been a very full day and we are both very tired tonight!
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Since we celebrated Father's Day yesterday with our children and grandchildren, today has been rather quiet. We went to Sunday School. Woody taught his 8th grade boys and I was the substitute teacher for my ladies' class. We came home and ate lunch. Then Woody rested and I sewed. Woody is having quite a bit of pain in his shoulder...enough that he decided to take some pain medication which helped him to rest this afternoon and somewhat dulled the pain.
It was even more quiet than usual around here as the TV wasn't on very much as we rarely get a signal these days. Woody called the FCC number and they said that we should be able to get stations in Huntsville, but probably not in Nashville. They are sending us something to fill out telling of our problems with the digital change-over. They also suggested that we call stations in Nashville and ask them when they will be sending out a stronger signal. All I can say is: "so much for progress!" Think how many years we have been able to get a signal with an antenna and then they up and change things and in this day and age we can no longer get a good signal. We're probably better off without TV anyway...except during bad weather when it would be good to be kept informed...but it really is a diversion for Woody...so I hate that it is so finicky at the moment. Maybe on down the road?
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Woody did sleep better as he took pain pills before going to bed last night. He went to work at his usual time, walked at lunch and got a hair cut after work (I didn't notice till he just told me...oops...not very observant!). I have been having technical difficulties trying to get a picture for tonight's blog...so that has been my focus!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Both Woody and I really like this song. And...isn't it true that if God is watching out even for this little sparrow that he must also be watching over us?!
It has been a pretty typical Saturday for us. Woody got up early and went for a long walk. Later he went to the library. Then he spent the afternoon watching the DVDs and reading the books that he checked out. We are having a bit of a difficult time adjusting to digital TV. We tried to prepare and even got a new digital ready TV and already had a rotating antenna. But at the moment we aren't getting all the channels that we used to get...and we could only get ABC, CBS, NBC, & PBS before! ABC is our challenge at the moment...we have at least seen glimpses of the other channels. We're not sure how we are going to like this switch-over! The picture is really clear...except for when the signal gets too weak and the picture/sound fades out. I hope that we get it figured out and that it works for us eventually as the TV is a good diversion for Woody...even if it just ends up being white noise to help him sleep!
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Woody again worked a full day and walked at lunch. He isn't feeling the best tonight...seems to have a sinus problem again.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
I think that we are both still feeling the effects of losing an entire night's sleep...hard to make that much sleep up!